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'Disastrous' blaze destroys multiple buildings in Bound Brook, NJ

Posted: 9:31 PM, Jan 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 17:35:47-05
A fire tore through a construction site in Bound Brook

BOUND BROOK, NJ — A massive 6-alarm fire destroyed two under-construction apartment complexes in Bound Brook, New Jersey, on Sunday night, officials said.

"This is a disastrous fire that is very difficult to contain and has the potential to spread to all nearby structures," police said as the blaze burned at the Main Street sites Sunday.

The fast-moving fire took firefighters four hours to put under control, the Bound Brook fire chief told PIX11 News.

On top of the two large apartment buildings gutted, officials said a rooming house next door and an electronics shop nearby were also destroyed by the massive blaze.

Residents in the area were advised to stay vigilant and leave their homes immediately if advised to do so by emergency personnel.

Hundreds of calls were made to 911 over the fire, authorities said. "Please do not call asking for updates or information," officials wrote on Facebook. "Save the phone lines for TRUE EMERGENCIES!"

NJ Transit rail service was also suspended in the area along the Raritan Valley Line.

"Bound Brook Rail station will be closed the entire service day, Monday, January 13th. Raritan Valley Line service remains suspended betwen Bridgewater and Dunellen due to 6-alarm structure fire near NJ Transit tracks in Bound Brook," the line's Twitter account wrote at 2 a.m. Monday.

One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury while working to battle the blaze, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown but is under investigation.